Sunday, January 20, 2013
The Most Annoying Things in the World, January 2013 Edition
Yep...it's Pet Peeves time again! Some nuisances hold a permanent spot on The List, such as:
Spammers. Who doesn't hate spammers--except maybe other spammers? I currently have one (at least one!) who repeatedly posts here, demonstrating a minimal grasp of the English language and always, ALWAYS including a link to a site selling something. As much as I hate to do it, I guess I'm going to have to go back to moderating comments to keep the SOB out. This brings me to another Perpetual Pet Peeve...
Captchas. I've had to stop following several blogs because of captchas. Having to make several attempts to decipher the stupid things is frustrating and time-consuming, and if one follows several blogs with captchas, well.... (On a related note, I've had to stop following one of my favorite blogs because it's become impossible to read due to a "button bar"--or whatever it's called--on the left side of the screen.)
Public restrooms. If I could avoid them entirely, I would! One has to wonder what kind of unsanitary slobs some people must be at home, considering the messes they leave in public restrooms. I don't dare sit without first making sure the seat isn't wet--but that's only half the battle, so to speak. Checking the floor is also necessary, if I don't want the legs of my jeans to look like I've been wading! How on earth do women make this kind of mess? With men, it's annoying but understandable. But girls, you're supposed to be sitting down--and if this happens because you're hovering, then dammit, clean up the mess afterward! Nobody wants to sit in your waste, either!
Telemarketers. Need I say more? Our phones are all on the Do Not Call list. If they call anyway, you can bet we'll report them!
And then we have the first-time offenders on the 2013 List (or maybe I should say the first appearances of these offenders on The List):
Facebook. Every alleged "improvement" made by Zuckerberg & Company makes a once-uncomplicated social networking site more and more difficult to use.
Blogger. Murphy's Law in action. If it can go wrong here, it will. I'd abandon this blog completely and post only at Wordpress if it weren't for the knowledge that spammers would snatch up the blog title (as "Desi Jumiati" did with one of my former blogs last year) as soon as I dropped it!
Kids Gone Wild. And the parents who let them--not only my neighbors' kids, but kids who act like barbarians in public, in restaurants, in stores, in movie theaters--anywhere the rest of us would be subjected to the end result of crappy parenting skills. Some of us--most--of us, would like to hear that movie as well as see it (silent films went the way of the dinosaur decades ago). We'd like to enjoy a meal without having our eardrums shattered--and maybe even hear what our dining companion is saying!
Childproof packaging. You have to get a kid to open them! I understand the need for it, but how about giving those of us who have no small children in the house an easy-open alternative? Arthritis can make opening bottles a real pain (literally). Don't make it more difficult than it has to be--please!
What are your Pet Peeves? Are any of them here?